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Dealing With Whiplash Injuries

Whiplash is the non-medical term that refers to rapid or abnormal movement of a head/ neck that results in injury. When the neck is forced to move beyond its typical range of motion, strains in the neck muscles occur. Try imagining the after effects of a rear-end car accident, which is also one of the most common causes, and that’s what whiplash is characterized of. Although car accidents are where we see it occurring the most, whiplash may also occur in sports accidents, abuse, or other traumas. During the act, the intervertebral joints, discs, ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve roots are susceptible to damage. Those effected may not recognize any symptoms of whiplash for 24 hours or more after the initial injury, but following, a list of symptoms may occur.


– Pain in the neck, shoulder/ shoulder blade, lower back, or arm/ hand.

– Decreased range of motion

– Headaches

– Dizziness

– Difficulty concentrating or remembering

– Irritability or fatigue

*Note: Since these symptoms are so similar to those of concussions, it is best to seek medical help immediately if you are experiencing dizziness, confusion, or nausea.

If any of these other symptoms, circumstances, or characteristics strike you as something that may be occurring with you, firstly treating whiplash with pain relievers is suggested. Medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen are helpful, as well as massage, heat (after swelling has gone down), and ice. Although past whiplash injuries were regarded as circumstances of immobilization, experts now encourage soft, active movement; especially within the first 24 hours upon injury. Once this process has been started, physical therapy is highly recommended. Our trusted chiropractors over at The Chiropractic Doctors would love to hear your situation, and suggest rehabilitation exercises or further resources in doing so.

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This article was reviewed and approved by Dr. Matthew Phinney.

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